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Forum: Finding Your Tribe   10-19-2015, 06:49 AM
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Posted By mammal_mama
Great question, elliha. We unchooled our girls up...

Great question, elliha. We unchooled our girls up until the time when each wanted to start school -- our older daughter at 13, our younger just this past fall at 10. And I'd say that we're pretty...
Forum: Education   10-11-2015, 06:41 PM
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Posted By mammal_mama
I feel like I should come back and say that, now...

I feel like I should come back and say that, now that my 10-year-old has decided that she wants to start school -- and she actually started 5th grade this fall -- I've found that, in contrast with...
Forum: Finding Your Tribe   10-08-2015, 03:23 AM
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Posted By mammal_mama
It can create a strain, but I try to be chill...

It can create a strain, but I try to be chill about it. It seems like anytime we FIRST start talking about one of our girls' desires to branch out and become more independent in some new way, he's...
Forum: Finding Your Tribe   10-07-2015, 06:30 PM
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Views: 1,367
Posted By mammal_mama
Yeah, it's one thing when they're hovering over...

Yeah, it's one thing when they're hovering over their own child -- but it can get pretty annoying when they want to interfere with other kids' play. I think I'd just try saying what you were thinking...
Forum: Finding Your Tribe   09-28-2015, 04:38 AM
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Views: 1,367
Posted By mammal_mama
jazzmom74, I imagine it's totally different in...

jazzmom74, I imagine it's totally different in different kinds of communities.
Forum: Finding Your Tribe   09-27-2015, 10:40 AM
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Posted By mammal_mama
I totally agree about water! I haven't...

I totally agree about water!


I haven't gotten any negative feedback thus far (other than indirectly when dd1 told me about the person who warned her about the park not being safe) -- but there...
Forum: Finding Your Tribe   09-27-2015, 07:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By mammal_mama
Turquesa, I totally understand about how reading...

Turquesa, I totally understand about how reading about all the ways that paranoid people can interfere with families, can scare some parents away from allowing their kids as many freedoms as they'd...
Forum: Finding Your Tribe   09-26-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By mammal_mama
Right, kind of like how 100 or so years ago,...

Right, kind of like how 100 or so years ago, mothers learned breastfeeding from their mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, and the other women around them, and probably would've laughed at the idea...
Forum: Finding Your Tribe   09-26-2015, 08:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By mammal_mama
Hi jazzmom74, I totally agree! This was...

Hi jazzmom74, I totally agree! This was completely normal parenting when I was a kid, too (I was born in 1964). But I'm not so sure how effective it would have been to start a "Normal Parents Tribe,"...
Forum: Finding Your Tribe   09-26-2015, 06:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By mammal_mama
Yes, I feel like the risk of one of my girls...

Yes, I feel like the risk of one of my girls being shot here is practically nonexistent -- and, as someone pointed out to me at the Free Range Kids blog, my being with them wouldn't alter that risk...
Forum: Finding Your Tribe   09-25-2015, 12:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By mammal_mama
Hi Elliha, it is great to hear from a mom with a...

Hi Elliha, it is great to hear from a mom with a younger child and also from a mom living in Sweden, as I think this can introduce different perspectives, and highlight interesting differences in our...
Forum: Finding Your Tribe   09-25-2015, 06:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,367
Posted By mammal_mama
Free-range kids tribe

Hi, I wanted to see if anyone was interested in sharing about their experiences in allowing their kids greater freedom to move about their neighborhoods and cities on their own? The name "Free-Range...
Forum: Unschooling   08-18-2015, 11:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 576
Posted By mammal_mama
That makes perfect sense, and I also understand...

That makes perfect sense, and I also understand that going too deeply into some of the positive aspects of public school might cause a five-year-old to overthink the matter and wonder if they could...
Forum: Unschooling   08-18-2015, 08:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 576
Posted By mammal_mama
Hi Miranda, I really love your response overall,...

Hi Miranda, I really love your response overall, but wanted to comment on this one part: "We explained that either the parents needed to work full-time, or weren't interested in their kids' learning,...
Forum: Parenting   05-05-2015, 04:00 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,204
Posted By mammal_mama
I agree with not having a competition. I just...

I agree with not having a competition. I just don't agree that things are always tougher for women. Men going through a divorce, who want (as any loving parent would want) to remain actively involved...
Forum: Parenting   05-04-2015, 06:26 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,204
Posted By mammal_mama
I think you'll actually find a lot more people...

I think you'll actually find a lot more people agree with you than with me. In my experience, any questioning of the narrative of the most vocal group of feminists is usually viewed as a form of...
Forum: Parenting   05-04-2015, 03:56 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,204
Posted By mammal_mama
I was going by where Mui was quoted as saying...

I was going by where Mui was quoted as saying that the first child resulted in a 9% drop in productivity, and so on...it added up to a total drop of 33% with three preteens.


Also, when I talked...
Forum: Parenting   05-03-2015, 06:53 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,204
Posted By mammal_mama
I see it more as the world being built by and for...

I see it more as the world being built by and for the privileged. From an employer's perspective, as long as they can pick and choose among different kinds of workers, they're going to go for the...
Forum: Parenting   05-02-2015, 07:56 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,204
Posted By mammal_mama
Those are both very good articles, Viola P. And I...

Those are both very good articles, Viola P. And I remembered that my job in childcare was one of the lower-paying jobs in our society, as are many other caregiving jobs -- so even though showing up...
Forum: Parenting   04-30-2015, 11:54 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,204
Posted By mammal_mama
P.S. Back to the Free Range Kids debate, here's a...

P.S. Back to the Free Range Kids debate, here's a link to a great post by Lenore Skenazy. I love her thoughts about "Fantasy as Policy."

...
Forum: Parenting   04-30-2015, 11:44 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,204
Posted By mammal_mama
Wow! This debate is really fascinating...I hadn't...

Wow! This debate is really fascinating...I hadn't realized how many comments had been posted here since I got my last notification.


I can see how the current wage and hiring gap between women...
Forum: Parenting   04-17-2015, 07:54 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,204
Posted By mammal_mama
Here's an inspiring story...to give us some hope....

Here's an inspiring story...to give us some hope.


http://www.freerangekids.com/thank-goodness-for-cops-stopping-kids-tempe-az-version/
Forum: Parenting   04-11-2015, 07:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 931
Posted By mammal_mama
P.S. I also didn't feel that he was pushing his...

P.S. I also didn't feel that he was pushing his children to become teen parents, even though he was encouraging them to do so as soon as they were comfortable. I realize that this runs counter to the...
Forum: Parenting   04-11-2015, 05:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 931
Posted By mammal_mama
I didn't see where he was averse to mothers...

I didn't see where he was averse to mothers working. He mentioned that if the mother was working, the other siblings carried the baby. And he was a baby-wearing dad, so he wasn't advocating for dads...
Forum: Parenting   04-02-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 931
Posted By mammal_mama
This is extremely interesting! I'm surprised...

This is extremely interesting! I'm surprised there have been no comments -- but then again, it's all kind of like preaching to the choir here!
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